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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Girls With Nerve Neuroscience Camp: U-M School of Kinesiology.

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Girls With Nerve, formerly known as Brains for Girls, is a free, week-long day camp aimed at empowering girls to explore neuroscience sponsored by the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology and the National Science Foundation. The current camp is open to rising juniors and seniors in high school, though we hope to add a middle school camp in the future. While the camp is open to all female applicants, we particularly encourage under-represented groups to apply. Applications can be filled out online from the website at
Camp this year runs July 7th-11th. Activities run from 9AM-12PM and 1PM to 4PM with lunch provided free of charge from 12PM to 1PM. We additionally provide snacks and drinks to keep everyone's brains functioning at a high level throughout the day. We have no fewer than 3 instructors available at all times, allowing for a great deal of one-on-one interaction, discussion, and mentoring.
University of Michigan. Free.

 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Summer Sweets! - AM.

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Sweet Summertime, Summertime! Join us in our sunny kitchen for a week of sweet! Each day we'll take the best the season has to offer and whip it up into crafty culinary confections. Come and satisfy your sweet tooth while learning great recipes to recreate at home all summer long. This summer cooking camp is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $225/child. 734-645-1030. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sing, Bang, Boom!": Saline District Library.

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The Pennsylvania duo Two of a Kind performs folk and other acoustic music for kids age 2 & up.
11 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Business Networking: Power Through Networking.

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Power Through Networking: Ann Arbor Abundance Group
Power Through Networking invites you to free business networking every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Sports Bar Westside in Ann Arbor. You will build relationships and friendships that will grow your business. We are unique, totally positive, and will help you and your business get to the next level! Our Mission is to help people get the contacts they need to advance their business and achieve their dreams, and to create a cooperative and abundance based business world.
We welcome everyone and do not restrict the number of seats per profession or business.
The Sports Bar Westside, 5510 Jackson Road 48103. Free. 734.646.4419. [map]

 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in July) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in Aug.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system. Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Weed & Sing": Community Farm of Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. All invited to sing rounds and other songs while weeding the farm's crops.
Noon-2 p.m. (all other dates), Community Farm of Ann Arbor, 1525 S. Fletcher Rd., Chelsea. Free; reservations required by the evening before. 475-7451. [map]

 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Summer Sweets! - PM.

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Sweet Summertime, Summertime! Join us in our sunny kitchen for a week of sweet! Each day we'll take the best the season has to offer and whip it up into crafty culinary confections. Come and satisfy your sweet tooth while learning great recipes to recreate at home all summer long. This summer cooking camp is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $225/child. 734-645-1030. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Last Romance": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except June 26), June 12-Aug. 30. Michelle Mountain directs professional actors in Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro's heartwarming 2008 comedy about an opera-loving widower named Ralph who falls for a woman at a dog park and pursues her in spite of her reluctance to start a relationship. As Ralph's romance blossoms, his acerbic sister (and roommate) gets in the way. Cast: Andrew Buckshaw, Ryan Dooley, Franette Liebow, Priscilla Lindsay, and Will Young. Note: The July 11 & Aug. 8 performances include a talkback.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 12-19 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & 28 (Sat. eve.). After June 19: Tickets $18.50 (July 11 & Aug. 8 only), $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & $42 (Sat. eve.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Obvious Child": Michigan Theater.

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(Gillian Robespierre, 2014). Drama about a popular Brooklyn comedian whose perfect world goes topsy-turvy when her two-timing boyfriend dumps her.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. 

"The Immigrant": The Michigan Theater.

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(James Gray, 2013). Drama set in 1921 about a Polish immigrant who, facing desperate circumstances, becomes a prostitute and enters into complex, volatile relationships with her conflicted pimp and his romantic cousin. Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.) and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Super Comics Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., July 9-Aug. 13. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology, leads adults teens in grade 6 & up in a series of 6 weekly drop-in programs during which they design dangerous fortresses, awesome heroes, lugubrious villains, and unlock achievements of the comics-storytelling masters.
6-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"The Ravens Club Book Club": Literati Bookstore.

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Ravens Club chef Frank Fejeran and Literati owner Hilary Gustafson lead a discussion of Fergus Henderson's acclaimed cookbook The Complete Nose to Tail: A Kind of British Cooking.
6 p.m., The Ravens Club, 207 S. Main. Tickets available by purchasing the book ($49.99 plus tax) at Literati (one meal ticket included with book purchase; $25 for one additional guest ticket); buy your own dinner. Reservations required. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Potluck: Saline District Library Book Discussion Group.

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All invited to discuss possible books to read next fall. Bring a dish to share.
7 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

June 11 (7 p.m.): "Tulip Tree Gardens Tour." Tour of this commercial gardening center at 15200 Roepke Rd. in Gregory.

July 9 (7 p.m.): Tour of the garden at Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast on Bass Lake, 10201 Kress Rd. in Pinckney.

Aug. 13 (7 p.m.): Tour of the garden at club member Wendy Chiodo's home in Grass Lake.

Sept. 10 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & planning meeting at the Chelsea Train Depot.

Various times & locations, Chelsea. Free (except as noted). For information on carpooling or to register for any of the tours, call Diane at 475-8091. 634-1954.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

The Minimalists Everything That Remains Tour.

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Imagine your life a year from now. Two years. Five. What will it look like? Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress and debt and discontent. A life with fewer distractions.
Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth and contribution and contentment. A life of passion, unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you.
What you're imagining is an intentional life. Not a perfect life, not even an easy life, but a simple one. What you're imagining is your life once you get the excess out of the way and start focusing on everything that remains.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known to their 2 million readers as The Minimalists, are embarking on a 100-city international tour to share their story of living with less and to celebrate their new book, Everything That Remains.
At age 30, Joshua and Ryan left their six-figure corporate careers, got rid of most of their material possessions
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett. Free. 7349264617. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Fruit, Cider and Sours": Arbor Brewing Company Beer Tasting.

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A chance to sample and learn about a wide range of fruit beers from sweet to spicy, including the popular Strawberry Blonde beer and Ahahata Chakra honey lavender ale. Admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 (if available) at the door. 213-1393. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan": Jewish Community Center.

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A program of song, dance, and storytelling celebrating friendship by a touring ensemble of Israeli Boy and Girl Scouts. Pizza dinner ($15; members, $10; reservations required by July 7) available at 6 p.m.
7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]

 7-9:50 p.m. 

"Otello": Quality 16.

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Reprise of the October 2012 broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of the Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece. Stars Johan Botho, Renee Fleming, and Falk Struckmann.
7-9:30 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $12 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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Local nurse Ann Garvin leads a discussion of Greg Grandin's Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City.
7:30 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 369-2499. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Dexter Twp. location TBA. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241.

 8 p.m. 

Michael Malis Quartet & Legendary Wings: Canterbury House.

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Double bill. Local pianist Malis leads his quartet in the premiere of his new adventurous originals. Legendary Wings is the local postbop jazz quartet of saxophonist Dan Bennett, electric pianist Matt Endahl, bassist Jordan Schug, and drummer Nick Collins.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $5-$10 sliding scale. 665-0606. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Scars on 45: The Ark.

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Yorkshire (UK) indie acoustic pop-rock quintet whose influences range from Fleetwood Mac to Radiohead to Death Cab for Cutie. Its 2011 single "Heart of Fire" was the lead song for the 8th season soundtrack of Grey's Anatomy.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]

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